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Vemon Parish—the Homeseekers' Best Opportunity Leesville--the Hub of the West Louisiana Empire Vol. 4. LEESVILLE. VERNON PARISH, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY. APRIL 20. 1922. THE MAIL-ORDER FRAUD Our campaign against the mail-order business that has grown to unusual pro portions is receiving more than passing notice. It is to the interests of every Tesident of Vernon Parish to get the most he can for the money he spends. In satisfaction. The mail-order house —some with a mere office in some 'building where the mail-orders are tak en in, money extracted, and orders sent •out to various cheap merchants in any ■goods that are duplicated to deceive "the unwary public. Much money is spent by these companies for the orint ïng of elegant catalogues which are sent out broadcast over the land, where pictures that allure the buyer to imag ine that they are netting something "wonderful for a small amount of mon ey ' It is a startling fact that these so called mail-order firms find the rtral districts of the South the most prolific of all fields in the United Stages. Tim» was when the West was the virgin field for these sharks : but the West has ^opened its eyes to the gigantic fraud and little or none ever go in that di rection now. We. took it UDon ourselv es to take a trip through all the stores In Leesville during the past week, for the express purpose of discovering whether th^re were any overcharges Tor goods here in Leesville. Imagine my great surprise whenr I discovered that there were bargains right here at Tiome that cou'd not be duplicated ev> en in New York City. This mav sound peculiar to you who read but the truth is to be found if one will but take the trouble to take a run around the stores and see for themselves. For instance, I found that I can buy right here in Leesville a ten-quart wa ter pail for 30c; a dandv broom for 45c; hammer or hatchet handle for 10c; two good tablet« for 5c; •*> gallon enamel stew kettle for IS'-; 10-quar l milk nail for 25c; genuine Panama hat for $2.50: garden hoe for 48c: garden rake for 48c; heavy Lisle stockinps for 10c oair, sizes 6 to 9; 27-inch check -gingham for 15c per vard; 32-inrh vingham for ?3c a yard; linen mi<-Mie Tilouses for 75c; men's summer under shirts for ?5c; men's summer under suits for 49<- : a good imitation Pan ama hat for 98c: a fine <ïrad<* of nain sook for 19c; 24-inch Percal«y many ■colors for 10c; 24-inch Chambrai for 12J/>c; 36-ince Domestic for 12'/2c; "boys* ovçralls.'for 60c: bleached mus lin for 8c/ Der vard: unbleached willow •sheeting, 1 yard wide for 12'/?c a yard, •and genuine Lonsdale for 18c a yard. And person can verify these bar gains by going around to the stores in Leesville and find the above articles. A casual glance over the list as found "by our representative in Leesville will convince every reader that sending his monev for articles that can be bought Tiere is genuine folly. It is time and money lost to the town that you call your own. It is time that an anpeal for the bet terment of the town should reach those who are interested in Leesville: some T<ind of an organization shou'd be en couraged to combat the sending away of money from our town that can be ■spent herer Compare these prices with any mail order catalogue that vou mav havp in vour home and see that it PAYS TO TRADE IN LEESVILLE. TARMERS MEET AT COOPER SCHOOL HOUSE Cooper Local of the Farm-Labor Union met last Saturday evening at the school house and transacted the regular order of business. Speeches were made by Lee Rhodes, National Organizer, from Bonham, Texas, and W. C. Benton, formerly a resident of Newport, Ky, and now a lent of Stables. \ Benton, who made th^ main ad dress, has had a wide experience as a speaker for labor unions and as an ed itor of labor papers. His talk was well received and he was heartily urged to make a return call in the near future. Some questions for the little boys' debating society: Was man made for religion, or was religion made for man? Should ethics be taught while'the •mind is free from business care or af ter the cares -of life begin to surround us? In the absence of evidence of a con science, is there any moral responsibil ity? COURT NEWS An unusually large number of civil and criminal cases were tried at the April term of the Twelfth Judicial Dis trict Court, Hon. Justice John H. Boone presiding. The more notable criminal cases were those against Harry' Brog don, for burglary and larceny, convict ed and sentenced to six years at hard labor in the State Penitentiary; Newt Whittaker, acquitted of the charge of shooting with intent to murder; Hamp Brown, acquitted of the charge of mur der; Jack Dalton. acquitted of the charge of burglary and larceny; Geo. Dixon, convicted of burglary and lar ceny and sent to jail for six months; Henry Nelson, four months, for lar cenjy Jacy Bailey and Edmond Thomp son, ^ both fined $25 for disturbing public worship; Newt Whittaker, fin ed $400 and sent to jail for 60 days for selling intoxicants; same sentence upon S. P. Harmon for manufacturing intoxicants; Lawson Lyons, fined $500 and 60 days in jail for manufacturing intoxicants; R. C. Cleary, fined $100 and 60 day in jail for possessing in toxicants, and additional fine of $800 and 120 days in jail for selling, respect ively manufacturing intoxicants; W. M. McFatter, fined $500 and 60 days in jail for selling intoxicants; Pink Whit taker, fined $500 and 60 days in jail; James R. Watson, fined $100 for as sault and battery. Shortly before adjournment, the Grand Jury presented indictment bills against S. T. Ward, Ed. Wehrt and Wilmer Cain, former officers of the defunct West Louisiana Bank, for al leged assenting to reception of depos its after the bank was insolvent. The Sheriff was ordered to arrest the ac cused and allow them to give bail unt; tried. The Grand Jury also stated tha' about $90,000 of the funds of the Ver non Parish School Board was on depos it in the West Louisiana Bank when it closed its doors, while the Schoo' Board only held, as security for tha' sum, $1500 worth of Lesville Street Improvement Bonds, and the treasurer of the board was under no bond at the failure of the bank, "a deplorable con dition which is a source of regret and measures should be promptly and for cibly- applied in order to prevent the recurrence of such a state of affairs. Additional divorce cases were dispos ed of as follows: Frances Newborn vs Jefferson B. Newborn; Albert Sim mons vs Lottie Simmons; Nettie John son vs Abe Johnson; Merry Woods vs Wyatt Woods; Julia Jones vs Anderson Jones. The officers of the defunct bank were arrested by Sheriff Turner last Thursday and released under $1,000 each. Mr. Wehrt's bondsman is Coun sellor S. I. Foster, while Mr. Ward was bailed by Messrs. G. W. Bolton, E. W. Wise, N. A. Hays and S.'I. Foster. Mr. Cain's six bondsmen have not yet qualified. ist EXTENSION WORKER RE-ELECTED TO OFFICE Miss Flavia Gleason, district home demonstration agent in the State Uni versity Extension Division, was re-elect ed secretary-treasurer of the Louisiana State Home Economics Association; which convened in New Orleans recent ly. The feature of this meeting was the increase in membership. Last year when the Association met there were only 29 members to answer to roll call, this year when the roster was complet ed it showed a total membership of 101, an increase of 72 members. A number of interesting talks were made which were very helpful to some demonstration workers, according to Miss Gleason. The hot lunch and caf eteria plans claimed an ynusual amount of interest, as these are two of the many projects that agents are working on in their respective parishes. Be sides Miss Gleason, the University was represented by Mrs. Mary B. Giesen, assistant state home demonstration agent, Mrs. Mary S. Gesell, district home demonstration agent. Miss Mary Thomas, specialist in foods and nutri tion, who served on the program by giving a talk stressing hot lunches, and Miss Mattie Rae Sebastian, head of the home economics department, who spoke on the opportunities offered to girls by the Rally. If you fail to get your copy of the Democrat, please let us know aobut it. Phone 179. Loneliest and Highest Railroad Station — »•*- > - WJ5* mm 1 hmMWW ;■••:•. -•: S v - m m ■ , y « " e rL is , the ro " roatl station amid thé mountains at Trondhjem, in Norwuy which has lust b.-en «wetp* f„r ,h. äs ,h * °°"* ,o """""" ' * u "» """■ »*• • ; SCHEDULE OF HOME DEMONSTRATION AGENT 14; new The schedule of work for week be ginning April 24th: Monday—Emergency. T uesday—Simpson. Wednesday—Emergency. Thursday—Jackson Chapel. Friday—Union. Saturday—Office. Mceiings held last week: Granniss — Number enrolled, number dropped from roll, 4; members enrolled, 0; percent of attend ance, 80; record books submitted, 7; dult visitors, 4. Pitkin — Number enrolled, 23; number dropped from roll, 0; new members enrolled, 3; percent of at tendance, 78.2; record books submit ted, 0; edult visitors, 0. Echo — Number enrolled, 20; num ber dropped from roll, 6; new members enrolled, 1: percent of attendance, 73.3; record books submitted, 0; adult visitors, 2. Leander — Number enrolled, 13; number dropped from roll, I ; percent of attendance, 41.6; new members en rolled, 0; record books submitted, 0; adult visitors, 3, —Miss Minerva Pearl LeFevre, County Home Demonstration Agent. FIG PRESERVES BRING MONEY TO MISSISSIPPI FARM WOMEN Over $3,000 worth of fig preserves were sold in Adams, Jefferson, and Copiah Counties, Miss., during the past season, after the state market special ist and the extension worker represent ing the United States Department of Agriculture and the State agricultural _ - B . - T.mjMn. college had shown the women of these counties how to prepare and market a high-grade product. It was realized rom the great demand for fig preserv es that came in to the extension office, that the figs wasted each year in south western Mississippi could be turned into a good cash income for the farm wo men of the state. Investigation showed that the shelves of the leading grocers were stocked with California fig pre serves instead of those prepared local- j y \ . j A standard recipe was introduced by ; the home-demonstration agent in each county and club members who had figs were instructed in the method of put ting up a product that could compete with highly standardized commercial products Members who enrolled for , this work even took the precaution to buy syrup thermometers in order ' to have a perfect preserve^ for sale. A large part of these preserves are sold within the State, but many orders were fil ed outside. The fig preserves were sold to hotels and tea rooms and wnt as gifts t° i n Nw Orleans and Chicago and other Illinois cities, Uenvcr, Hot Springs, Detroit, New York, Nashville, and several cities of lrgmia and West Virginia. In Adams County alone $2,600 worth of fig pre serves were sold before the first of Oc tober. It is felt m all three counties kl- lL ermanent lndustry has been es " tabhshed. ( M , 7 ~ ~— j a Naples. — A steamship line between - -r —— »WM Italian ports and Russian cities along J the black sea has been organized by the Italian ministry of merchant mar ine and the Lloyd Triestino organiza tion, which has offices all along the Black sea. be 7; at ARE OLD TIMES COMING BACK? It looks like old times were earning back again when we see the railroads granting sure-enough "reduced rates for large conventions, State Fairs, etc. One of the first reductions of this nature is that just announced from San Antonio, where the Passenger Agents Association held their meeting. The association granted a rate of one fare and one fifth for the South west Durbar, a big spring festival to be held in Dallas the week beginning May 21st. The rate will apply going from May 20 and will be good returning up to May 29, a liberal limit of full ten days. If this kind of thing keeps on we may hope to see the regular fares reduced as the next step in the revision down ward. Some of the features of the Durbar atJÇ)allas are said to be a band contest for amateur bands all over Texas with $1,500 in prizes; two grand concerts with over 650 voices trained and a symphony orchestra; a pageant featur ing our state flower, the bluebonnet, and entitled "The Durbar of the Flow an electrically illuminated night parade, consisting of floats, bands and delegations representing many Texas cities aand towns; a world's champion ship Rodeo and Frontier Days celebra tion under the direction of Tom Bur of Fort Worth; Polo matches, golf I matches and tennis tournaments for Southwestern championship and many mo !; e features scattered throughout the entire wee ^ A FISH STORY A rather gay fishing party sallied forth last week towards Anacoco. Ru mors were current that Anacoco Creek was full to overflowing with fish, and the anglers were only too anxious to have a bite or two. The party consist ed of B. H. Lyons, E. L. Allen, E. E. Jordon, and that veteran of sportsmen, J. M. Oakes. j After loading up with all kinde and manner of tackle that induce the wary fish to bite, they started for Anacoco j The journey was filled with stories j that would hardly be called new—fish ; ey to the extreme—but while they were approaching their destination, there appeared over he trees a blue streak of smoke. Now, court had just adjourned in Leesville, and many tales had been told , in the witness chair about "blue streaks of smoke," and none of them ever came out good; hence there was no de sire of any of the anglers to angle af ter any "blue smoke streaks," and they passed the matter up. But one of the party, more bold and thirsty than the rest, decided that he would investigate the "blue snjoke" and see just what it was, irrespective. He alighted and wandered out whistling and shouting as he went for company and amuse ment, always going toward the "blue streak," until he came upon the still— no, that's wrong—until he came upon the scene, and it was a log still-burn '"8- He then wandered his weary way back again to the waiting anglers with a ta ' e of woe, and away they went to Anacoco. After many a long wait up ....«vvw. niwi xiioujr a long wait up on the banks of the creek, each hold ing his rod and line, a fish was caught. It was a little fellow and on his tail was attached a note inscribed, "Every thing is dead in this creek and I want to die too.'" DARN THAT WEATHER MAN! The fanner of Vernon Parish hardly knows just "where he is at " these days. About the time he thinks he is going to have a few dry days to get his crops in, along comes another shower and he has another think coming. Those that are in are now fine, of course, but the indications are that the continuous round of showers will cause the sweet potatoes and peanuts and things to be harvested about Christ mas. If this condition of affairs is al lowed to continue, it is feared that the weather man is in danger of losing his position. This is his report: Temperatures for the week April 17th, inclusive: April 11—max. 76, min. 54 April 12—max. 76, min. 48 April 13—max. 83, min. 72 April 14—max. 84, min. 64 April 15—max 85, min. 69 April 16—max. 85, min. 79 April 17—max. 82, min. 72 Indications are for generally fair weather, with normal temperature, e: cept for local rains during the week. BEWARE OF POOR TAILORING ending Chicago. — The Royal Tailors, who advertise themselves as the world's largest tailors with representatives in 10,000 cities, have declared for the op en shop. The Venfon Parish Democrat can be purchased at the Cozv Fruit Parlor. JOB PRINTING Of The Better Kind The Printing Plant of the Vernon Parish Democrat has been replenished and reorganized, and thtey are now able to exe cute all manner of Job Work in quick time. There will be no better printing obtainable than the Dem ocrat kind. ••s Franklin Prices The Franklin Printing Price List is used by the Democrat. This list is compiled by experts and covers almost every line of printing. With this list in use we are assured of a reason able profit on each piece of work and the consumer is pro tected against overcharge. GOOD WORK OUR MOTTO: FAIR PRICES QUICK SERVICE Send Your Printing to THE DEMOCRAT PLANT AT NEWLLANO COLONY Phone 179 NEW HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING IS By an unanimous vote, the Teachers" League has heartily ed the action of the Vernon School Board, in ordering an to vote bonds for a new high building for Leesville. The new ing is to be erected on the present of the Davis Mill School, and add al land is to be acquired for the _ ville colored school, the respective now being owned by Mrs. Ellie Taj The cost of the new high schol ing has been estimated to be . $100,000, bonds to be issued to that sum, the vote to appropriate] to be taken by tax-payers on May 1922. REDUCING TEACHERS' Si Owing to the fact that the ass valuations of property in Vernon ish are rapidly decreasing on acc of the depletion of the forests, the P| ish School Board has announced teachers' salaries will have to be re ed, the superintendents' annua! be $2,000, while teachers re $100 and more per month are to reduced 20 per cent, and teachers ceiving less than $100 will be redi 10 percent, and principals will be paid more than $200 per mo assistant principals, $150. CITY ELECTIONS IN JUNE The commissioners who au per the city primary for Mayor, Ale and City Marshall, counted the cast on Tuesday, April 12th, and claimed the result as published in columns last week. Hon. Oscar Morris, Mayor, and City Mar Craft being renominated; Mr. C. Leach carrying the primary in 1 st Ward. The election to confiira .. result of the primary will be held j June, and the new terms of office commence ill July next. MARRIAGE LICENSES Hon. A. R. Hicks, Clerk of Ver Parish, issued marriage licenses thl week to: Mr. Albert Simmons, Nearae and Miss Ruby May Woodwa^ of Pickering; Mr. Frank Sanders a« Miss Grace Spears, both of Hornb Mr. Gray Maneel, of Elizabeth, Miss Pash Perkins, of Cravens; ... John H. Knippers and Miss Mae Cor both of Barham; Mr. Charles Melt and Miss Ellen Shonklin, both of Te pie; Mr. James Burleson, of Kyle Miss Lula, Scoggins, of Hutton; Willie Lairry and Miss Isabel Snc both of Kurthwood.